in·​pa·​tient | \ ˈin-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce inpatient (audio) \

Definition of inpatient

: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment — compare outpatient

Examples of inpatient in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web About a quarter of emergency mental health patients do need inpatient care, Quesnell said. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Children's Wisconsin adds mental health team to ER, responding to rising rates of self-harm," 27 May 2020 The Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association estimates that about 15,000 nonurgent inpatient and outpatient medical procedures have been canceled each week during the ban. USA TODAY, "Prison protest, Phoenix set for flyover, mask mandates: News from around our 50 states," 30 Apr. 2020 The Wisconsin Hospital Association reported Saturday morning that 341 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 and 241 inpatients were awaiting test results. Natalie Brophy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Coronavirus global death toll surpasses 200,000 as Wisconsin reports record number of new confirmed cases," 25 Apr. 2020 Spillers noted that, of course, there was three inpatients on Friday – before Melcher was discharged. Paul Gattis |, al, "Alabama hospital celebrates ‘miracle’ coronavirus recovery," 11 Apr. 2020 Ten inpatients have results of tests still pending, Blanton said in an email. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "University of Kentucky setting up field hospital at Nutter Field House in Lexington," 3 Apr. 2020 There is one inpatient health care facility on the reservation, which has a population of almost 20,000 and is more than twice the size of Rhode Island. Sara Miller Llana, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Native Americans, coronavirus looks heartbreakingly familiar," 30 Apr. 2020 The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, is paralyzed and was an inpatient at Laguna Honda Hospital in 2017, according to the suit. Megan Cassidy,, "SF’s Laguna Honda hospital patient files elder abuse suit following scandal," 7 Jan. 2020 While still an inpatient, an NGRI might be allowed unescorted home visits a few times a year. Washington Post, "No sane reason," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of inpatient

1760, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inpatient was in 1760

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2 Jun 2020

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“Inpatient.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inpatient

medical : a patient who stays for one or more nights in a hospital for treatment


in·​pa·​tient | \ ˈin-ˌpā-shənt How to pronounce inpatient (audio) \

Medical Definition of inpatient

: a hospital patient who receives lodging and food as well as treatment — compare outpatient

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